Barrier Brewing Company Debut

Barrier Brewing Company
3595 Lawson Blvd. Unit E
Oceanside, NY 11572

Long Island’s newest microbrewery, Barrier Brewing Company, made its official debut at Bellport Dave’s charity beer, wine and food tasting fundraiser (I’ll get to an official review of said event in the next few days) held at the Bellport Country Club last Thursday.

Based out of Oceanside, Barrier offered four taps at the event – Ruthless Rye IPA, Lights Out Stout, Barrier Belgian1, Beech Street Wheat – and seemed to have a nice crowd surrounding their table any time I glanced over.

I talked with Evan Klein, owner/head brewer of Barrier, about the brewery’s future plans, as well as some other things.

“I plan on hitting the market with 5 beers: Beech St. Wheat (american wheat spiced with cardamom & bitter orange peel), GreenRoom Pale Ale, Lights Out Stout, Ruthless Rye IPA, & Barrier Belgian1 (a dry hopped belgian pale ale). I also plan on brewing numerous one-offs, specialties and seasonals (check out for additional beers to be released).

My goal is to produce beer for the local market. All beer will be produced in house and self distributed. Accounts will be sought that focus on quality beer and have an interest in a local company/product. My goal for the future is that all Long Island beer bars have at least half of their tap lines comprised of local beer Future expansion would involve the purchase additional fermenters and/or a larger brewhouse. Either way I would like to still handle distribution and sales in-house.”

Nice to see that Evan cares not only about Barrier, but for every Long Island brewery, as well. Teamwork. So essential. It’s that type of attitude that will help continue to push Long Island to the front of craft beer, as definitely seen in recent years. With individuals like Evan gaining recognition, the future looks brighter and brighter each day for our local beer scene.

niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.